milo manara's illustrated watches for ulysse nardin take you on an erotic voyage
 

milo manara's illustrated watches for ulysse nardin take you on an erotic voyage

luxury swiss watchmaker ulysse nardin has teamed up with celebrated italian erotic comic book artist milo manara to create a series of ten erotic watches. the collection was unveiled for the first time at SIHH 2019 — the prestigious international watch show held in geneva, switzerland. the limited edition timepieces tell a mythical sea story where ulyssa, a mermaid, and nadia, a woman, meet, discover, and love each other beneath the waves.

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all images and video courtesy of ulysse nardin

 

 

‘based on manara’s illustrations of underwater encounters between a hauntingly beautiful woman and a mythical mermaid, the watches are a palindrome, each one a unique, timeless moment that exists independently from the other,’ says ulysse nardin. using micro painting, and over 150 years of knowledge and experience, the luxury watchmaker transferred milo manara’s original story onto ten watch faces in a series presented at geneva’s SIHH watch show.

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the collection was unveiled for the first time at SIHH 2019

 

 

the ten images tell the story of a mermaid and a human who meet and engage tenderly under the watchful eye of a distant shark. ‘the clock lends itself particularly precisely to this theme because in eroticism there is eternity,’ explains milo manara, an italian graphic illustrator who has been working for over 50 years. for this series of watches, manara chose a universal theme — erotic love — and created characters that exist in their own time frame.

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the images tell the erotic story of ulyssa, a mermaid, and nadia, a woman

 

 

‘I had to think of a theme that brings all these ten images together and yet leaves each one its autonomy, so that it works on its own without the need for the others,’ adds manara. ‘this is not a linear story but there is a common thread based on two characters; one is a timeless girl and the other, a mermaid. it is clear that these women represent an ideal. if we look at greek classicism and the renaissance, one can see that the morphology of the physical model has changed over the centuries. I see my work as a continuous reinterpretation of the ideal model.’

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comic book artist milo manara illustrated ten individual images for the series

 

 

high in the swiss mountains, artisans at the ulysse nardin headquarters in le locle worked to miniaturize each of manara’s drawings on the watch dials — a surface which is roughly ten times smaller than the original water color images. incredibly, each face was patiently painted by hand using a brush the width of a single eyelash. ten pieces per drawing will be produced in stainless steel and ten pieces in rose gold, making the series limited to a mere 200 pieces in total.

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manara began by sketching out his concept for the collection

 

 

powered by the UN-320 self-winding manufacture movement and beating at the rhythm of silicium technology — which ulysse nardin has mastered for decades — only the hours and minutes are displayed in order to leave a maximum amount of space on the watch faces for the drawings. the hands are discreet, leaving the drawings to star on the face of each watch. these classico manara in 40 mm will be set on dark blue alligator straps to align with the color tonality dictated by manara. as a special gift from ulysse nardin, each watch purchase will be accompanied by an original numbered milo manara print, signed by the artist himself.

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manara’s studio is located in valpolicella, northern italy

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‘the clock lends itself particularly precisely to this theme because in eroticism there is eternity’, says manara

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artisans at the ulysse nardin HQ worked to miniaturize each of manara’s drawings

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the watch dials are roughly ten times smaller than the original water color images

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each face was painted by hand using a brush the width of a single eyelash

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the series is limited to a mere 200 pieces in total

 

 

project info:

 

manufacturer: ulysse nardin
references:
3203-136LE-2/MANARA.01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
3202-136LE-2/MANARA.01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10
movement: calibre UN-320
functions: hours, minutes, self-winding movement
power reserve: 48 hours
case: steel case or 5N rose gold
diameter: 40 mm
dial: milo manara’s drawings, micro-painting
water resistance: 30 m
case back: sapphire crystal glass
strap: dark blue alligator straps
world prices: stainless steel: $26,900 USD, rose gold: $34,400 USD

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